By Brad Gannaway, Owner of Pro Outfitters and Fit To Hunt Prostaff
24 hours, that's it! I know we all wish there was more than 24 hours in a day, but hypothetically if there were more than 24 hours, would you still find excuses to not meet your fitness goals? I think for most of us the answer would be YES.
Let me introduce myself, I'm Brad Gannaway and I own Pro Outfitters. We are an outfitting business with two lodges in Missouri. We offer hunts for deer, turkey, ducks and snow geese. We have a full staff and we live to hunt 24-7. I spend over 6 months of the year on the road
guiding hunts, doing seminars and trade shows. I'm also a husband and father of 7 year old twins.
So back to the question, if there were more than 24 hours in a day would you find excuses to not reach your fitness goals? For many years my answer would be the same as many of you, YES! In my opinion, excuses equal failure and most people are scared to fail. For me that all changed in January of 2009, when my wife gave birth to our twins. I knew then I had to make a change for many reasons:
1. I didn't want to be labeled as the fat dad that couldn't interact and play with my kids
2. My dad passed away at age 45 and I felt I owed it to my kids to be in the best physical shape possible, so we could enjoy life together as a family.
This journey wasn't easy. At the beginning I was 6 ft tall and 235 lbs. I loved beer, Pepsi and fast food. My first step was I set a goal of working out with light weights and running a couple times a week and kicked my "diet" as many say, into high gear...but I choose to say lifestyle change, not diet. I started to see results and felt better. Over the course of the first 4 months I dropped 50 lbs and 7 years later I'm still keeping the weight off! Oh trust me, it hasn't been easy with my crazy travel and lifestyle. It's a daily battle. I count every calorie on the road and if I can't hit the gym I try and be creative in any way possible to get in a workout.
Here are a few tips that have helped me stay in shape:
1. What I call 2 and out... It's impossible to be hanging out at the lodge with clients and friends and not have a few beers, but for me it's mostly 2 and out. I have 2 beers and I'm done. Want to rack up calories quick, kill 6-8 beers every night and the weight will pile on quicker than you can take it off.
2. 2 and 2, I do 200 sit-ups and 200 push-ups daily. Sometimes, it's at the lodge and other times it might be in a field while waiting on clients. It's funny to watch people driving down a dirt road in the fall with temperatures in the teens and seeing a guy rocking out push-ups in a field, but it's part of the deal to stay in shape.
3. I almost never ride on the ATV or UTV's in the hunting season. I'm always walking, and most time I'm running in my camo full gear with boots.....trust me that's a workout in itself!
4. I always have healthy snacks with me because to find time to eat a proper meal during hunting season is almost impossible, but the healthy snacks keep me from cheating!
I left for my lodge in Oct. 2015 and I finished my snow goose season in March 2016. I was only up 4 lbs! I'm guessing I ran about a dozen times and never did a single workout in a gym, I just used what I had. My point is, some of us have 2 hrs a day to workout and other have only 10 mins, but if you use those "10 mins" wisely and change your eating lifestyle, you will see results no matter what and you will soon be FIT TO HUNT!
How do you make fitness and clean eating fit into your 24 hours? Please leave a comment below.
Brad Gannaway is the owner, operator and guide of Pro Outfitters. He is also a pro staff member at Fit To Hunt and represents companies such as Mossy Oak, Spypoint and NexGen Crossbows. You can learn more about Pro Outfitters by visiting www.huntprooutfitters.com/
In today's world there are more media sources than most people care to count. If we narrow that down to strictly fitness and wellness media sources, there are still a mind boggling number of outlets. More often than not these sources try to show you the, “Ultimate Spartan Workout” or, “The Greek god Project”; workouts so intense they provide the illusion you can develop a six pack and the world’s greatest arms in 48 hours. You want to know what happens when a novice tries starting with one of these workouts? They quit. They are not sustainable in the long term because if you are new to fitness, it's just too hard. It can become discouraging. Not only that, it can be potentially dangerous without a proper level of base conditioning!
Now, we all want the quick fix. We want to be able to go into the gym and look like we know what we are doing. We want to sweat and torch our muscles to get the fastest results possible; Mostly, because in the back of our mind, exercise is the only way to fix all the bad habits and decisions from years prior. Unfortunately, people that start out with high intensity, high volume programs do not allow the body to recover enough to become accustomed to the consistent physical exertion it takes to build a base level of conditioning. When building a house you cannot put up walls, rafters or a roof without a solid foundation. The same can be said about you!
When your body is not accustomed to certain movements or loads placed upon it, you become a master of compensation. Your body begins to recruit muscles the exercise you are performing was never mean to work because of the “Move this weight by any means possible” kind of situation. A beginner is not ready for this kind of load and as a result, your joins and tissues are at a higher risk of injury. This is where we start getting those little aches and pains and shrug it off by saying, “No Pain, No Gain,” right? WRONG!! If your body hurts that is your brains way of saying something is not right!
The next situation most people run into is taking long breaks in between sessions when they start to feel these minor discomforts. This can set up failure because the main point of any base program is to develop both conditioning and consistency. Before your know it, you are back at square one looking online for a workout that just has to work better than the one you killed yourself over for a grand total of 2 days. My word of advice: find a fitness professional that can teach you how to build yourself from the bottom to the top. If there isn't a strong foundation or base that has allowed your mind or body to grow, you run the risk of failing. Not because of will power or motivation but because
you put your body through the equivalent of a fight scene from a Rocky flick.
Fit to Hunt clients have learned to understand that starting at the top isn't the way you develop high levels of performance or a lean, muscular physique. I mean let's be honest, how many elite athletes started their sports careers by starting at the top and jumping into Olympic Lifting? None of them, but that is the mentality many trainers and gyms take today. On the contrary, every high caliber athlete you watch built their base by tuning their body and getting it accustomed with lower levels of activity first. One of the best quotes that I have ever heard is, “Don't expect to build something elite in 3 weeks that took 6 years of bad habits to create.” There are no shortcuts. If you are new to fitness it may come down leaving your pride outside the gym, humbling your body and mind, and starting at square one. If you don't you run the VERY real risk of doing something that will only set you farther back from reaching your goals, or destination. Build your BASE, and become great!!
Nick Lape is the Head Trainer for Fit To Hunt. He builds fun, effective and sustainable exercise programs based on movement, not body parts and is an excellent trainer, motivator and coach.
Interested in online coaching with Nick? E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Nick Lape
“I promise, I did it with the best of intentions!” How often have we used this line in our personal lives? We use it to explain a decision we’ve made or start an apology. In the social sense, this term gets used quite a bit. But, what if we started using it in the gym in regard to our own fitness and wellness? Do we actually have the best of intentions for ourselves while we exercise?
What I’m getting at is if we are at the gym without a purpose or we are there without the intention of doing our absolute best then what are we doing there?
First, let’s define intent. The best definition I’ve found from Merriam-Webster is, “A usually clearly formulated or planned aim or purpose.” If we have intent, and I mean REAL intent, then not having a plan or purpose when we walk into the gym becomes pointless and your want to change might not actually exist. That plan starts with a general goal or destination like, “I want to lose ten pounds,” and trickles all the way down to each singular movement that leads you to this destination.
I can hear the silent questions now, “Nick, how can I have intent in one singular movement that usually only takes 30 or so seconds?” And that’s exactly how I want you to think! As a matter of fact, thinking is the only way to have intent in each movement or exercise you perform in the gym. You need to know where your head is positioned, your shoulders, your hips, your knees , your feet. Once you start moving with the intent of allowing your body to master movement, your plan, or destination if you will, becomes that much easier to reach. But, with each new movement, there has to come an additional thought process in order to master it.
I have had the pleasure the last few years to watch client after client have the proverbial light bulb go off in their head and finally realize why they walked into the gym. These are the people you can see truly immersing their brain in each movement pattern they are taught. The ones that stop for a second and say, "I’m tired of walking in this mindset of, 'Maybe Someday,’ and start thinking that that someday is going to be this week. They start living intentionally! Each movement, each leaf of spinach, each post workout shake, and even each perfectly performed split squat (because we all know how much we love them) becomes their intent. They are giving their bodies a chance to be great, their mind a chance to be at peace. And they will continue to strive. THAT is being intentional. Don’t just promise your family and friends you have the best intentions, prove it to YOURSELF!!
Contributions made by Fit2Hunt Staff!